Bar Mitzvah Then & Now: 1953 vs. 2016

Sixty-three years ago, my father had his bar mitzvah. Six days ago, my son had his bar mitzvah. While the ceremonies themselves were likely the same--and since both were in Conservative synagogues, there are no photos documenting either event, although we staged a few...

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Tomorrow, He Is a Man

My time as a blogger for the Deb Ball is over, which is both sad—I enjoyed the camaraderie of the group blog—and happy—my book has launched and I’m now working on my sophomore effort. What that means, though, in theory is that I will be back on this blog more...

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The Benefits of Used Books: Secrets in the Pages

Sometimes a used book is more than just a used book. On my last trip to New York, as you all know, I visited my favorite book store, The Strand. I searched for books about night clubs, New York, and Prohibition. I bought a ton of books, such as The Rise and Fall of...

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An Independence Story

An Independence Story

My son turns 13 next month, and I'm trying to give him more responsibility and independence. While we were still in NYC, my husband had to work and I took my daughter to Queens to visit one of her camp friends. I gave my son a few bucks and told him he was welcome to...

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The End of an Era and the Start of a New

The End of an Era and the Start of a New

I'm finished with elementary school! Yes, okay, technically I finished elementary school in 1979, but it's ended for me again as my daughter "graduated" 5th grade and will be moving on to middle school this fall. But this is quite significant for me, as for the past...

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The Joy of the Book Club

The Joy of the Book Club

In my wayward youth, I belonged to a few book clubs. They varied tremendously and served different purposes throughout the years. In New York, my book club read the classics, and I found it an easy, low-stress way to make up for the gaps in my education.* During the...

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MODERN GIRLS: Here, There, Everywhere

As of tomorrow, MODERN GIRLS has been out in the world for two weeks now, and I still don't know how to react to the compliments. This is what I say to people who gush over me and the book: "Aw, thank you! I really appreciate that. I'm so glad you read and enjoyed the...

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